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UK Court Attendance and Jury Service during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Updated: Mar 23



UPDATE: 23rd March 2020

Jury trials have now been put on hold in England and Wales until further notice. Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett has announced that no new trials will start and current trials will be paused.

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All those due to attend UK Courts during this phase of the Coronavirus outbreak, including but not limited to witnesses, those attending for jury service, defendants, professional courts users and justice system partners, should make themselves aware of the government’s guidelines regarding attendance, which state:


Stay at home if you have either:


  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.


If you, or the people who are coming to court with you, do have confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection or need to self-isolate in line with NHS advice, you should contact the court or tribunal in which the hearing is due to take place.


To find the correct court or tribunal visit:

https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/search/?_ga=2.69922963.2015535812.1584893969-1243421159.1584893969


You can check the current status regarding staying at home on the NHS website here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


Look out for updates on the government website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation#coming-to-court-or-tribunal-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak


This information correct as of 22nd March 2020.


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